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Guillotine - Splitter

PostPosted: Wed Nov 18, 2009 5:31 am
by GilbertSL
Evening All,
Anyone know where I might be able to buy a hand splitter, the lever type, rather than hydraulic? Not a block splitter, but big enough for maybe 5" walling stone.

Re: Guillotine - Splitter

PostPosted: Wed Nov 18, 2009 9:16 am
by alan devonport

While anyone is finding you one, can they please find me one too.


Re: Guillotine - Splitter

PostPosted: Wed Nov 18, 2009 9:03 pm
by david perry
Haven't a clue

I used hydraulic guillotine splitters (owned by someone else) in Ireland. I was gobsmacked at how they could split so accurately thick lumps of Liscannor limestone!

The owner, who was renting it, got an engineering company to make one up for him. I used this too. But no guards so I made sure the someone else used it - just in case. :mrgreen:

Re: Guillotine - Splitter

PostPosted: Wed Nov 18, 2009 11:50 pm
by stonewaller
You've probably looked, there probably unsuitable (not something I'm familiar with) but just in case....there's a chap selling a couple of different types on ebay


Re: Guillotine - Splitter

PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2009 8:19 pm
by david perry
Those ones on e-bay look like toys compared to the one I used.

The one I used was was somewhat more substantial. A little taller than me. So that rules out those in the two pictures!!

The jaws were 2 to 3 feet wide and could open to well over 1 foot. It could easily chop up hard limestone slabs of 5" or more leaving a break which was perfectly natural looking. But straight enough. A hand operated one doing this(?) Not too sure.

It was bloody heavy and could only be moved by trailer and around the site by forklift.

But the stonemason was Donal McCarthy, Clashreah, Killbrittain Co. Cork Mobile 087 6316452, I'm sure if you want to find his landline number, or if you're well off, just call him on his mobile (00 353) for Ireland and give him a call - he'll tell you who made the original he rented or borrowed for the Job I worked on in Skibbereen a few years ago.

Re: Guillotine - Splitter

PostPosted: Wed Nov 25, 2009 6:33 pm
by GilbertSL
Thanks, Stonewaller, but those are block splitters, not up to the stone we use.
Hand operated stone splitters have been available in the past, David Perry, and work well ... much cheaper, quieter than hydraulic splitters, and a lot quicker & less wateful than using sledge/lumphammer/axe to gain a nice split face.
But they seem to have disappeared. I bet you can get them in France!

Re: Guillotine - Splitter

PostPosted: Wed Nov 25, 2009 8:01 pm
by david perry

I stand corrected then.

~The one we used was the only one I've ever seen.

Re: Guillotine - Splitter

PostPosted: Thu Dec 03, 2009 8:18 pm
by donald
If anyone needs to know where to get a compression splitter from, try Lord or King hire, you want the BIG splitter, with a piece of pipe on the end of the lever, sometimes supplied, get these anywhere.....
Bigger splitting, I have details of mobile hydraulic splitters suitable for drystone, towable behind a van and 20 ton capacity running a hydraulic ram 3 feet drop,double action, use them all the time.....
You just have to know where to look.... Drystone Walling Association
Membership £20 a year

Re: Guillotine - Splitter

PostPosted: Fri Feb 20, 2015 8:57 am
by GilbertSL
Dear Donald,
Sorry to be so extremely slow, but ... thank you.

Re: Guillotine - Splitter

PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2015 7:34 pm
by bricksetter
6 years later..... :D :D

Re: Guillotine - Splitter

PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2015 11:42 pm
by waller 69
Doh, :roll: :roll: :roll:
Hope you are well bricksetter
We are all not that slow in the cotswolds :D :lol:
Its not that hard to make a guillotine anyway..